Film Festivals

Global Peace Film Festival

Global Peace Film Festival (Sep 29, 2015 – Oct 4, 2015) – Global Peace looks to shine a light on social justice issues across all genres of film. Entries available include: Feature Narratives and Documentaries, Short Narratives and Documentaries, and Young Filmmakers. Issues can include: Global Peace/Activism, Conflict Resolution, Social Inequality (Class, Race, Gender, Mobility,

New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival (September 28-October 15, 2017) – Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much

New York Lift-Off Festival

New York Lift-Off Festival (July 10, 2017 to July 15, 2017) – This festival aims to create a space for fresh talent to showcase their work, gain insight and discuss their work with the audience, as well as establish connections in the industry. Entries include: Feature and Short Live Action Narratives, Short and Feature Documentaries

The Lower East Side Film Festival

The Lower East Side Film Festival (June 08, 2017 to June 15, 2017) – This festival provides a unique experience in which eligible films are promoted through neighborhood engagement, include free industry panels, and BYOB screenings of the chosen film. Past Lower East Side Film Festival Judges and talent have included SUSAN SARANDON, WILLEM DAFOE,

The People’s Film Festival

The People’s Film Festival (May 31, 2017 to June 04, 2017) – This festival is an initiative of a non-profit organization called The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation, whose purpose is to provide a platform for up-and-coming creators. They particularly encourage works that will develop more awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity in film.

Digital Box Office Awards and Screening Series

Digital Box Office Awards and Screening Series (May 11, 2017 to May 12, 2017) – This new festival is catered to screening and promoting the work of independent filmmakers. Once submitted through WithoutaBox your film will be reviewed by our panel of judges. If accepted past the preliminary round, you will be invited to have

Die Laughing Film Festival

Die Laughing Film Festival (April 21, 2017 to April 22, 2017)- This festival specifically looks for Comedy and/or Horror films and screenplays by independent filmmakers.

New York City Independent Film Festival

New York City Independent Film Festival (May 02, 2017 to May 07, 2017) – This New York festival celebrates independent filmmakers and creators, providing a space to showcase their efforts and network for even greater opportunities. A wide range of submissions eligible for awards and prizes valued up to $10,000 include: Documentary Features and Shorts,

Film @ Downtown Urban Arts Festival

Film @ Downtown Urban Arts Festival – The Downtown Urban Arts Festival (also known as New York Urban Film Fest/NUFF) is looking to present films with “strong theatrical elements that focus more on dramatic text and less on visual effects.” All genres accepted. It is FREE TO SUBMIT Features and Short films. Submissions must not

San Diego Latino Film Festival

San Diego Latino Film Festival – The festival is seeking innovative works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community. The San Diego Latino Film Festival is presented yearly by Media Arts San Diego. Media Arts San Diego promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports

Chicago Feminist Film Festival

Chicago Feminist Film Festival – This festival is dedicated to creating an inclusive public space for typically underrepresented artists in the industry– particularly women, people of color, queer and trans identifying artists. Films do not need to be directed by women for consideration, as programming is focused on quality content that is in some way

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival – Outfest is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organization committed to creating, sharing and protecting LGBT and genderqueer media. Fusion includes a film festival, filmmaking workshops and masterclasses, a one minute movie contest, and inFusion, a day of networking for LGBT filmmakers of color to spend the

Cineplay Film Awards

Cineplay Film Awards – This festival is dedicated to providing a spotlight for independent filmmakers, making all submissions free of cost. Submissions are eligible to win awards of over $5,000 in cash and prizes. Formats accepted include: feature-length films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and web series, made within the last three years.

Gender Reel Festival

Gender Reel Festival. This festival is seeks films and art created by and/or about gender non-conforming and transgender people, experiences, images and/or ideas that challenge gender conforming attitudes, ideas or concepts. Locations for this festival vary.

New York Film and Television Festival

New York Film and Television Festival. Entries include: Feature and Short Screenplays and Films, 1-minute screenplays and films, Teleplays and Web Series. More than one entry can be submitted (each require separate form and fee).

Free Speech Film Festival

Free Speech Film Festival: This grassroots festival seeks films that delve into the turbulent issue of Free Speech- its history, its place in the present and the future. Films must be maximum 60 minutes long, submission costs range from $40-$60.

Hamptons International Film Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide

Williamsburg Film Festival

The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival welcomes filmmakers with unique stories to tell and aims to deliver their works to the most diverse, sophisticated community of cinephiles in the world: the people of New York City – with Williamsburg, Brooklyn as one of its most energetic centers. The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival serves as a destination

Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center.

New York City International Film Festival

New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) is committed to bringing the best cinematography from around the world to New York. We provide a platform for talented domestic and international filmmakers to showcase their work in New York.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Manhattan Short Film Festival is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites.

Filmette Film Festival

Filmette Film Festival (November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016) – This festival focuses on showcasing and broadening audiences for films BETWEEN 30-60 MINUTES in length for the following genres: Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Experimental. Submissions will be projected via DVD or must be video projector accessible.

Brooklyn Short Film Festival

Brooklyn Short Film Festival brings together the world’s best short films in an engaging atmosphere for the purpose of developing connections and building new relationships in the film industry.


ImageOut presents LGBT arts and cultural experiences showcasing films and other creative works by artists to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community.

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Melbourne, Australia Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, Melbourne’s annual Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life.